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What's On Tonight: Raising The Bar, Football, Christmas Specials

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2009 12:14PM
It's A Wonderful Life
  • TNT has a marathon of new Raising The Bar episodes all night.
  • TBS is running A Christmas Story all night.
  • At 8, NBC has It's A Wonderful Life.
  • PBS has L.A. Holiday Celebration at 8, followed by Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Christmas at Belmont.
  • ABC Family has A Miser Brothers Christmas at 8.
  • ESPN has the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at 8, Nevada vs. Southern Methodist.
  • Travel Channel has Samantha Brown's Holidays in New York, then The Most Christmasy Places in America and Christmas to the Extreme.
  • Also at 8: TCM has Remember The Night, followed by Christmas in July.
  • At 8:30, TV Land has a Christmas Andy Griffith Show.
  • At 8:40, BBC America has a Christmas Catherine Tate Show.
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a Christmas Ace of Cakes.
  • At 11:35, CBS has Christmas at the Cathedral: Beacon of Hope.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Twelve shows a'stinkin'!

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 12th 2009 10:00AM
HeroesOn the twelfth day of Festivus, TV gave to me ... twelve shows a'stinkin'!

Being the endless wasteland that it is, television has no shortage of bad product. Mind you, "bad" is always a matter of opinion. This year saw the end of According to Jim after eight years of decent ratings while in terms of quality it lasted about seven years too long. What follows is my own opinion and at the end of each item in the list, I will quote everybody's favorite critic, Jay Sherman.

12. Heroes – This show was great in the first season, then with only brief glimpses of greatness in the later seasons, the writers and the network proceeded to dump it in the trash, rub it around some sewage and finally make it have a one night stand with Andy Dick. IT STINKS!

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Goodbye Raising The Bar

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2009 12:06PM
Raising The Bar
I don't know how many people will miss TNT's Raising The Bar. It was one of those shows that you never really heard people talking about - fans or critics - even though it had a pretty high-profile cast, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Jane Kaczmarek. The 2008 premiere actually grabbed over 7.7 million viewers, but that number dropped 50% for the second season premiere, so the writing was on the wall.

TNT has canceled the legal drama. There are still a few episodes that haven't aired yet and they will probably be shown sometime in early 2010.

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TNT Cancels 'Raising the Bar'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 1st 2009 10:50AM
That jolting sound you hear is the smack of a metaphorical gavel.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, TNT has sentenced 'Raising the Bar' to immediate cancellation, with a low probability of appeal.

The struggling hourlong legal drama, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek, premiered in 2008. It was then returned for a second season, with episodes that began to air last June. 12 of season 2's 15 episodes have been broadcast thus far -- the last being Aug. 24 -- so the cancellation will leave fans wondering when the final three will air, or if it's get-the-DVD time. A look at the TNT's webpage for the show literally shows nothing.

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What's On Tonight: Glenn Martin, Raising the Bar, Weeds, Hoarders

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 24th 2009 4:01PM
  • The CloserAt 8, NBC has a new Great American Road Trip.
  • ABC Family has a new Secret Life of the American Teenager at 8, followed by a new Make It or Break It.
  • Discovery has Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer at 8, then two new episodes of Out of Egypt.
  • ESPN has Pre-Season Football at 8, the Ravens vs. the Jets.
  • ESPN2 has the Little League World Series at 8.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Glenn Martin, DDS at 8.
  • BBC America has a new Top Gear at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Dating in the Dark.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • TNT has the summer finale of The Closer at 9, then the summer finale of Raising the Bar.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • Showtime has a new Weeds at 10, followed by the season finale of Nurse Jackie.
  • Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations at 10.
  • A&E has a new Hoarders at 10.
  • There's a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Food Network at 10.
  • Also at 10: E! has a new The Soup Presents.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Teen Choice Awards, The Closer, Anthony Bourdain

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 10th 2009 4:04PM
  • WeedsAt 8, ABC has a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, followed by a new Dating in the Dark.
  • FOX has the 2009 Teen Choice Awards at 8.
  • NBC has a new Great American Road Trip at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has two new episodes of History Detectives.
  • TLC has a new Jon & Kate Plus 8 at 9.
  • There's a new episode of The Closer on TNT at 9, then a new Raising the Bar.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Also at 9: Travel Channel has Confessions of a Travel Writer, followed by a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Weeds at 10, then a new Nurse Jackie.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Road Trip, Kathy Griffin, Raising The Bar

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 3rd 2009 4:03PM
  • Nurse JackieDiscovery's Shark Week continues all night.
  • At 8, ABC has Sugarland: Live on the Inside.
  • NBC has a new Great American Road Trip at 8.
  • ABC Family has a new Secret Life of the American Teenager at 8, followed by a new Make It or Break It.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW (with Jeremy Piven).
  • TNT has a new episode of The Closer at 9, then a new Raising the Bar.
  • TLC has the return of Jon & Kate Plus 8 at 9 (two episodes).
  • At 10, ABC has a new Dating in the Dark.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Weeds at 10, then a new Nurse Jackie.
  • TLC has a new Ultimate Cake-Off at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List at 10.
  • IFC has the movie I, The Jury at 10.
  • Also at 10: Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Bachelorette, Unwrapped, Nurse Jackie, Cake Boss

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 27th 2009 4:05PM
  • The CloserAt 7, Bravo has a new Inside The Actors Studio, with Judd Apatow.
  • At 8, ABC has the two-hour season finale of The Bachelorette, followed by a new Dating in the Dark.
  • NBC has a new Great American Road Trip at 8, then new episodes of The Wanted and Dateline.
  • ABC Family has a new Secret Life of the American Teenager at 8, then a new Make It Or Break It.
  • TNT has a new episode of The Closer at 9, followed by a new Raising the Bar.
  • History Channel has Sex in 69: Sexual Revolution in America at 9.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has a new Unwrapped.
  • At 9, PBS has a new History Detectives.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • Showtime has a new Weeds at 10, then a new Nurse Jackie.
  • Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
  • Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List at 10.
  • TLC has a new Cake Boss at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: RAW, The Closer, Cake Boss, Nurse Jackie

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 13th 2009 4:04PM
  • BourdainDiscovery has a marathon of new episodes of Wild Pacific all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour episode of The Bachelorette, followed by the season finale of Here Come The Newlyweds.
  • NBC has a new Great American Road Trip at 8.
  • ESPN has the 2009 Home Run Derby at 8.
  • At 8:30, Disney XD has a new Zeke & Luther, then a new Aaron Stone.
  • At 9, PBS has a new History Detectives.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • There's a new episode of The Closer on TNT at 9, then a new Raising the Bar.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List at 10.
  • TLC has a new Cake Boss at 10.
  • Spike has a new 4th and Long at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Weeds at 10, followed by a new Nurse Jackie.
  • Also at 10: Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Tour de France, Cake Boss, Raising The Bar

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 6th 2009 4:00PM
  • The CloserAt 8, ABC has a new, two-hour episode of The Bachelorette, followed by a new Here Come The Newlyweds.
  • ABC Family has a new Secret Life of the American Teenager, then a new Make It Or Break It.
  • Versus has the Tour de France at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new History Detectives.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • TNT has a new episode of The Closer at 9, then a new Raising The Bar.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • Showtime has a new Weeds at 10, followed by a new Nurse Jackie.
  • TLC has a new Cake Boss at 10.
  • Spike has a new 4th and Long at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Bachelorette, American Idol, Kathy Griffin, Weeds

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 29th 2009 4:02PM
  • Monday Night RawAt 8, ABC has a new, two-hour episode of The Bachelorette, followed by a new Here Come The Newlyweds.
  • FOX repeats the two-hour Michael Jackson-themed episode of American Idol at 8.
  • ABC Family has a new Secret Life of the American Teenager at 8, then a new Make It or Break It.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • TNT has a new episode of The Closer at 8, followed by a new Raising The Bar.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at 10.
  • Also at 10: Showtime has a new Weeds, then a new Nurse Jackie.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Greek, RAW, Nurse Jackie, 4th and Long

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2009 4:01PM
  • Kathy GriffinAt 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Bachelorette, followed by a new Here Come The Newlyweds.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here at 8, then a new Dateline.
  • ABC Family has the season finale of Greek at 8.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 8.
  • At 9, TNT has a new episode of The Closer, followed by a new Raising The Bar.
  • TLC has a new Jon & Kate Plus 8 at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has the premiere of Joe Buck Live.
  • At 9:30, TCM has On The Waterfront.
  • At 10, Showtime has a new Weeds, then a new Nurse Jackie.
  • Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10.
  • There's a new 4th & Long on Spike at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Raising The Bar: Hair Apparent (season premiere) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 9th 2009 9:03AM
Raising The Bar

When TNT's Raising The Bar first started, my first reaction was, what the hell is going on with Mark-Paul Gosselar's hair? And now they went and actually made an episode about it, where he got it cut off (that's him with the new 'do above). I bet fans of the show hated the hair and wanted it gone.

What did everyone think of this second season opener?

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What's On Tonight: Greek, The Closer, Kathy Griffin, Nurse Jackie

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2009 4:02PM
  • WeedsWE has a Golden Girls marathon all night.
  • Discovery has a Mega Engineering marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour episode of The Bachelorette, followed by a new Here Come The Newlyweds.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here at 8, then a new Dateline.
  • ABC Family has a new Greek at 8.
  • Also at 8: TCM has Private Screenings: Stanley Donen at 8, then On The Town.
  • At 9, TLC has a new Jon & Kate Plus 8.
  • TNT has a new episode of The Closer at 9, followed by a new Raising The Bar.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • At 10, Bravo has the season premiere of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.
  • Showtime has the season premiere of Weeds at 10, then the series premiere of Nurse Jackie.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10.
  • TLC has a new Cake Boss at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 1st 2009 6:02PM
Fairly OddParentsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I started watching The Fairly OddParents a few years ago and completely fell in love with it. I have a couple of the DVD sets, but I was never sure how the DVD sets were organized. Sometimes they're by a "theme" and sometimes they're by a season or volume. But now we have actual complete season sets for seasons one and two, and I'm really looking forward to having them. Funny, though, how no one can agree whether it's Fairly OddParents or Fairly Odd Parents. I see it spelled both ways everywhere.

I won't be buying the Highlander: The Animated Series set though., There can be only one animated set to buy this week and I'm going with OddParents.

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